|Here it is!! The first day of summer and now I'm ready to do my first landscaping project in the front of my townhouse. I'm a beginner and don't where to start outside of the actual cleanup. It's not a huge space (maybe 3x5) but I would like to replant some shrubs/bushes. My question is which shrubs would work best this late in June and how many should I plant in such a small space?|
|In such a small area, I'd plant dwarf shrubs. Some recommended by Colorado State University include:
Mops Dwarf Mugo Pine: A true dwarf mugo that won't outgrow the landscape. It stays very compact and dense without shearing. This hardy green pine forms a low dense mound. It is globed shaped and grows to 3 feet.
Bagatelle Barberry, Berberis thunbergii var atropurpea "Bagatelle': This upright growing shrub has deep red foliage which turns a brighter red in the fall. Grows 1 1/2 feet high and wide.
Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine, Pinus strobus 'Blue Shag': This long needled globed shaped dwarf pine has a soft texture and blue-green foliage. It grows 3-4 feet high and wide.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica': This dwarf conifer is upright and narrow. It grows 3-6 feet tall. Its conical shape is dense with grass green foliage.
Regent Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolis 'Regent':Small deciduous flowering shrub which has soft green leaves. White flowers open in spring. Black edible fruit forms in the summer. It has orange-red color in the fall. Grows 4-6 feet high and wide.
Spanish Gold Broom, Cytisus purgans: This shrub is a dense mound of ascending bright green stems that are adorned much of the spring with golden pea blossoms. It grows to 4 feet high and up to a 6 feet wide.
Dwarf Oregon Grape Holly, Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta': This broadleaf evergreen has yellow flowers in spring followed by edible blue berries. This plant grows slowly to 2-3 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide.
Choose one of the above shrubs and then plant colorful annuals or perennials to fill in around your new shrub. Enjoy your garden!